inspiration from genesis twenty-two. (and new morning mercies)
+"After these things, God tested Abraham and said to him, "Abraham!", and he said, "here I am." (1)
- answering to God's call of "hey" is the beginning to a test of faith. Exactly as it was with Abraham. He didn't say, "what?"and he didn't say "again, really?" He just answered with a willing heart and said, "here I am". He surrendered himself without even knowing all of the details.
"Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I shall tell you." (2)
- God tells him WHAT he's going to do, but he doesn't give him ALL of the details, which in a human sense we usually want all of the details. many times we are too lazy to do something, or we're too consumed in something else to even care. but Abraham cared - he cared so much about God and His will for him, that he gave God the time of day, and he answered to the call right then & right there. he willingly went even though he didn't know where he was going.
"Abraham said, "God will provide for Himself the land for the burnt offering, my son." "(8)
Abraham had so much faith that he didn't even use words that would worry his son. He used strong words about his heavenly Father that were (and still are) so true: God will provide for Himself.
"He said, "do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, you're only son, from Me." (12)
- Abraham fearlessly surrendered everything he had to God. His only son. In turn, God surrendered His only son, Jesus. His only son. And Jesus also...went fearlessly to the cross.
what echoed for me was...do I go fearlessly to the cross? do I surrender my everything everyday?
"And in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice." (18)
- in the end, was Abraham's faith worth it? so worth it. blessings upon blessings we're given to Abraham.
even when we don't understand, even when we can't see the reasons - even then, we must have faith. faith so thick that we know God will come through in His timing, and in His way, which is not always our way...and we have to come to a place of understanding that.
let your faith flow to seek what God wants in the outcome. I struggle with this. but once again - we are all in this together.
let us together, put aside hallow faith and hallow prayers. let us call unto God with the most thick faith, believing that His outcome is best. surrender it all. go fearlessly to the cross. go fearlessly to the end of yourself to do what God has for you. in the end it is always so so good.
we serve such a good good Father.
xx sorry for the book.